|Karen Giorno with Donald Trump.|
Donald Trump’s presidential campaign on Wednesday night announced it had parted ways with its national political director, Rick Wiley — a move that appears to stem in part from an ongoing turf war atop the campaign.
Wiley was the first high-profile hire by Paul Manafort, the veteran GOP operative who Trump brought on board in late March to help professionalize a campaign that had cruised through the GOP primary season with a skeleton staff.
But Manafort and Wiley quickly found themselves at odds with Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and key members of the team he had built.
Sources in and around the campaign told POLITICO that Wiley was not responsive to Lewandowski or other officials from the old regime, and that he had clashed in recent weeks with Karen Giorno, a Lewandowski ally who ran Trump’s campaign during the Florida GOP primary.
Gee another organization put together by Donald Trump is starting to crumble? Who could have predicted such a thing?
You know, besides everybody.
By the way if you think that the name Karen Giorno sounds vaguely familiar well you are probably right.
Also courtesy of Politico:
The consultant Donald Trump hired in November to lead his Florida campaign abruptly resigned from a previous post with Gov. Rick Scott’s administration after a blow up at a Disney G.O.P. fundraiser, according to former party and administration staff.
Karen Giorno, who served as Scott’s external affairs director in 2011, now has the title of southeast political director for Trump’s campaign. Scott has also endorsed Trump's campaign.
That year, the keynote speaker at the Republican Party of Florida’s Victory Dinner was Sarah Palin.
Giorno wanted better seating for the Palin family at the Victory Dinner, according to the sources, which led her to try and rearrange seating in the ballroom at the Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa where the event was being held.
She received complaints from RPOF staff who had made the seating charts, and was reminded the event was a political function and that she worked for Scott’s administration, an official state job.
“She was upset about how things were working with the Palin Victory Dinner event,” said a former party employee. “She yelled at RPOF staff and got into an altercation with some fundraising folks, then was summarily told to leave the room and not come back.”
Kind of makes one wonder if this most recent conflict was in some way Palin related as well.
Or perhaps it is yet another weird Palin coincidence.
(H/T to Martha.)
P.S. Since this post mentions Palin I should let you guys know that the trial call for Track's case has once again been continued.
I wonder how many times they can actually do that?